Crieve Hall Elementary Grounds Committee


Before building the Cardinals’ Nest, the Crieve Hall PTA established the Grounds Committee in 2012. This PTA Committee works in conjunction with MNPS to maintain and improve the school grounds, including the Cardinals’ Nest. 

In 2014-15, the Cardinals’ Nest was expanded, the school doors and trim colors were aligned, overgrown plantings were removed, trash and recycling collection were consolidated, and five shade trees were planted. 

The garden and grounds improvements are funded through grants, donations, and PTA funds. We use an entirely volunteer workforce from CHES, the neighborhood, and area businesses. 


Have Questions? Want to Volunteer? Please contact the Grounds Chair and Garden Coordinator, Jennifer & Matt Griffin -

Built in Spring 2014, our school learning garden and classroom, the Cardinals’ Nest, is a 1,500 square-foot garden that features seven raised beds, shaded classroom seating, a shed, composters, and irrigation system. The garden uses both city water and rainwater harvested from the gym roof to keep the plants hydrated.

The garden has multiple beds featuring a vegetables/fruit garden, a naive Tennessee plants bed, herb bed, butterfly garden, beneficial insects garden, and a sensory garden. The garden has ADA accessible pathways and bed heights. 

In 2015, two additional beds at the front entrance to the garden – one for flowers for pollinators and art classes and another for gourds, which will be used to make maracas in music classes and birdhouses in art classes. 

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